December 21 2015

Burlington Woman Charged in Death of Baby Released on Bail After New Expert Testimony


A Burlington woman who was charged with the killing of a 6-month-old girl who was under her care by shaking has been granted bail after the state Medical Examiner’s Office said it had reversed the finding that the baby had been violently shaken, CBS/WBZ reported. 


The bail was set at $25,000 for Pallavi Macharli who will be released pending her trial on murder charges. 

In March Macharla, 40, of Burlington, was arraigned on a charge of murder and operating an unlicensed child care program in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.


Authorities say that on Thursday, March 27, 2014, a six-month-old baby girl was left in the care of a neighbor,  Macharla, who regularly provided child care for the baby. It is alleged that at approximately 2:40 p.m, Macharla called the baby’s mother to say the baby was not breathing.


The mother drove to Macharla’s home and saw Macharla performing mouth-mouth respirations on her daughter who was limp and nonresponsive. The mother immediately called 911. 


The defendant reported that the baby became unresponsive after vomiting following a feeding. First responders arriving at the residence on Baron Park Lane in Burlington found the baby unresponsive, pulseless, and apneic. The child was transported by ambulance to Lahey Hospital and then to Boston Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead on March 30, 2014.


At the time the medical examiner said tests showed the baby had died from blunt force and shaking injuries. However, a specialist hired by the defense said the baby died of natural causes, CBS reports, causing the medical examiner to back off the shaking result. 


Prosecutors still say the death was a homicide. An attorney for the defense says her client maintains that she did not cause the baby’s death. 

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